Rove, Cheney Just Making History Up

Bushies' conjurings 'know few bounds'

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 14, 2010 10:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – The simultaneous arrival of Karl Rove's memoir and Liz Cheney's "right-wing noise machine" means the "revisionist floodgates have opened," writes Frank Rich for the New York Times, a "rewriting of history that knows few bounds." And while Rove's book better passes for fiction and Cheney's "al-Qaeda Seven" attack is a McCarthy-esque smear at best, the Bushies' "non-reality-based schtick" is "relentless and shameless."

"When even the relentless pursuer of Monicagate is moved to call a right-wing jihad 'out of bounds,' as (Kenneth) Starr did" of "al-Qaeda Seven," Rich writes, "that’s a fairly good indicator that it’s way off in crazyland." 'History will be repeated not only if we forget it," he concludes, "but also if we let it be rewritten by those whose ideological zealotry and boneheaded decisions have made America less safe to this day."

Karl Rove, former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, speaks during a panel discussion at the 2008 Mortgage Bankers Association Conference and Expo on Oct. 21, 2008 in San Francisco, Calif.
Karl Rove, former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, speaks during a panel discussion at the 2008 Mortgage Bankers Association Conference and Expo on Oct. 21, 2008 in San Francisco, Calif.   (Getty Images)
Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Gerald R. Ford Foundation's annual Journalism Awards on June 1, 2009 in Washington, DC.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the Gerald R. Ford Foundation's annual Journalism Awards on June 1, 2009 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
Liz Cheney, board member, Keep America Safe, walks offstage with her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, after they addressed CPAC in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010.
Liz Cheney, board member, Keep America Safe, walks offstage with her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, after they addressed CPAC in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Liz Cheney, board member, Keep America Safe, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010.
Liz Cheney, board member, Keep America Safe, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Karl Rove, former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to former President Bush arrives at the Law offices of Patton & Boggs on May 15, 2009 in Washington, DC.
Karl Rove, former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to former President Bush arrives at the Law offices of Patton & Boggs on May 15, 2009 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
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